The Paralegal Online Training Program will prepare you for success as a paralegal or legal secretary. You’ll learn about the U.S. legal system, how to conduct legal research interviews, how to perform legal analyses, and more. This training program will also prepare you to take the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) certification exam.

Tuition includes access to the preparatory exam courses as well as access to Westlaw to complete assigned research projects.

Certificate Completion

Upon successful completion of the program you will earn a certificate of completion from California State University, San Bernardino, College of Extended Learning.

Delivery Format

  • The entire program is offered online
  • Instructor-facilitated online courses
  • Start anytime during the quarter
  • Lean from the convenience of your home and at your pace

Course Information
Course No. GES209
Units NC
Fee $1,995


Training Time

300 hours; 12 months

  1. Paralegal in the Legal System
  2. Paralegal Employment
  3. On-the-Job Realities
  4. Regulation of Paralegals
  5. Attorney and Paralegal Ethics
  6. Introduction to the Legal System
  7. Introduction to Legal Analysis
  8. Legal Interviewing
  9. Investigation in a Law Office
  10. Litigation Assistantship
  11. Legal Research 101
  12. Advanced Legal Research
  13. Legal Writing
  14. Introduction to the Use of Computers
  15. Introduction to Law Office Administration
  16. Tort Law, Product Liability, and Consumer Law
  17. Contracts, Insurance, and Property Law
  18. Estates and Family Law
  19. Laws Affecting Business
  20. Criminal Law

Skill Sets

  • Understand the common responsibilities and duties of paralegals
  • Know how the paralegal field is regulated
  • Understand ethics for attorneys and paralegals
  • Be familiar with how the U.S. legal system is structured and how it operates
  • Be able to perform legal analyses
  • Conduct legal interviews
  • Understand the duties of a litigation assistant in the four stages of litigation
  • Conduct legal research
  • Implement guidelines and proper etiquette for legal writing
  • Understand methods of formal and informal administrative advocacy


This program is compatible with the Windows XP and later operating systems and IE 7 and later browsers and can be taken from either a Mac or a PC.

Adobe Flash Player and Adobe Acrobat Reader are required for this program.

It is recommended that students have Microsoft Office suite (especially Word and PowerPoint).

ed2go will provide the required textbooks for this program. You'll receive Introduction to Paralegalism, by William P. Statsky, and Paralegal Today : The Legal Team at Work, by Roger Miller and Mary Meinzinger.